French, 19th – 20th century, male.
Born 8 May 1859, in St-Symphorien-de-Lay (Loire); died 8 February 1948, in Lyons.
Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman. Religious subjects, landscapes, landscapes with figures, urban views. Wall decorations, church decoration.
Antoine Barbier painted many decorative works including a Flight into Egypt for the church of Matarieh in Cairo and various works for the Assembly (Sobranie) in Sofia and the École Malesherbes in Paris. He ran courses from time to time in watercolour painting from nature in France, Switzerland and England.
He exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, receiving an honourable mention in 1904 and a silver medal in 1926. He became a member of the society in 1913. He showed work at the Salon until 1939, including a number of views of Lyons in the Snow between 1926 and 1930, Les étangs de Monjeu in 1929 and 1930, Algerian landscapes in 1931, Church at Cruaz in 1935 and Chapel in Espalion in 1938. He was awarded the Grand Prix of the Société Lyonnaise des Beaux-Arts and the Medaille d'honneur. He was the president of the Lyons Section of the Société Amicale des Peintres et Sculpteurs Français, a member of the Lyons Académie des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts. He also exhibited at the Salon d'Hiver, the Salon des Paysagistes Français and in Lyons, Algiers, Geneva and St-Étienne.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Paris (Mus. Carnavalet)
Paris, 20 Jan 1988: Steam Engine on a Bridge (drawing in wash, charcoal and gouache, 5 × 10¾ ins/13 × 27.5 cm) FRF 3,000